Our flight instructors are all professionals and consider their students’ needs, above all. They have what it takes to be the best teachers they can be; patience and flexibility. All students are set up with an instructor who has a compatible schedule to avoid any complications in scheduling your lessons.
Our Private Pilot Course
We are a Part 61 flight school. We have found that utilizing FAA Part 61 regulations instead of Part 141 allows for us to tailor-teach each student to their personal needs and allows for flexibility within the given curriculum. The only slight difference between Part 61 & 141 is that for Part 61, the FAA requires the student to log an additional five hours of flight time for sign off. It’s been our experience, however, that the “average” student usually takes about 55-70 hrs to complete their lessons to be ready for their flight test, anyway. By the time all is said and done, the course will realistically run anywhere between $9,000-$11,000 for the average student. Lessons can be done year-round, keeping in mind that during the winter months it gets dark a lot earlier and we may also have to deal with a few piles of snow!
Your first step in becoming a private pilot is to purchase your preference of ground school kits. Each kit contains all the materials necessary to complete the ground portion of your lessons and get you prepared to pass the required FAA Written Exam from the comfort of your own home or office!
The ground school course is a “self-paced course,” meaning, once you purchase the ground school kit of your choice, you then complete your ground sessions on your own time and at your own pace, all the while keeping on with scheduling your flight lessons at your convenience. There is no formal “classroom” study with other students. Any extended ground school sessions required will be done on a one-to-one basis with your instructor. Once you obtain your kit, you’ll start your course by completing “Lesson 1” online or completing “Lesson 1” in your textbook (depending on which kit you chose). Once your ground session is complete, you’ll take to the skies for your first flight lesson! No matter which ground school course you choose, both programs integrate the ground lessons and flight lessons into one comprehensive curriculum ensuring that before every flight you’ll have the required knowledge to succeed! A certified flight instructor (CFI) will be assigned to you and will remain your instructor throughout the course. Your flight lessons are scheduled at your convenience and can be reserved in advance with our convenient online Scheduling System.
Lessons can be done in our high wing Cessna aircraft or in your choice of one of our low wing aircraft, Piper Warrior or Piper Archer. As stated above, the F.A.A. part 61 regulations require that you obtain a minimum of 40 flight hours to earn your private pilot license. However, it’s been our experience that most pilots-to-be build about 55-70 hours before they complete the course, which takes, on average, about nine months to one year to complete, depending on your availability.
Discounted Introductory & Demonstration Flights
Interstate Aviation Inc. offers to our prospective students a low-cost demonstration flight, which consists of a 30 minute, dual instruction flight* with one of our certified flight Instructors. They will get you familiarized with the aircraft and, once you take flight, they’ll show you how to take the controls for a bit yourself!. After the flight, the instructor will give you a tour of our facilities, review and explain your choice of ground school studying options with the Cessna Online Web-based Course or the Jeppesen Textbook/Workbook Course. They’ll also answer any questions you may have on flying and/or our private pilot courses.
*The flight time incurred on a demo flight is not logged and does not count toward the FAA minimum hourly requirements to obtain your license.
Please feel free to stop by anytime to view our facilities, check out our aircraft or just to talk to one of our staff about our services. Contact us for more information & current pricing!
Interstate Aviation Inc.
62 Johnson Ave
Plainville, CT 06062
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat - Sun: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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